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August 8, 2021  The women’s 4x400m relay team gave Jamaica its ninth medal (bronze) as the 32nd Olympics ended inside the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night. All that is left is the closing ceremony slated for later today.

The Jamaicans ended the Games with four gold, one silver and four bronze for a joint third-best medal haul with the Sydney 2000 Games when the county participated in four disciplines, athletics, swimming, sailing and triathlon.

The best medal haul of 12 came at the London 2012 Games when the country competed in four disciplines, and 11 medals at the 2016 Rio Games and the 2008 Beijing Games. The country participated in four disciplines in each of those games.

The team of Roneisha McGregor, Janieve Russell, Shericka Jackson and Candice McLeod took Jamaica home in third place in a season’s best 3:21.24 minutes behind the runaway winners, the US in 3:16.85 minutes (season’s best) and Poland second in a National Record 3:20.53 minutes.

The ladies were elated with the reward, especially Jackson, who was claiming her third medal at these Games, following her third-place finish in the women’s 100m final, and gold as part of the successful 4x100m relay team.

She could have and should have claimed another but threw away the opportunity when with an error of judgement in the 200m first-round heats.

“I’m just grateful. This is my fifth Olympic medal overall so I’m just extremely grateful to come out here and help the team get a medal,” beamed Jackson.

“I’m going home with three medals, maybe I wanted to go home with four but things happen and we have to move on.”

Having contested the sprint double and being a member of the successful sprint relay team, Jackson was called upon to lend a helping hand to the quarter-milers, especially with the withdrawal of Stephenie Ann McPherson who suffered a hamstrung injury during the 400m final the previous night.

“I was like my God I hate the 400, I’m not a quarter-miler anymore, I’m a sprinter, so I was kind of nervous because I never knew what kind of quarter shape I was in but nevertheless I came out here and I did my best,” shared Jackson, who appeared heavy-legged and had to seek the support of her teammates at the end of the event to get back to her feet.

But she was also extremely happy for her special friend Candice McLeod, whom she has known for more than 12 years from their time at Vere Technical High School.

“Honestly, I’m just grateful for Candice, I’ve been there with her from she was running 63 (seconds for 400m), so now she running 49 (seconds) it’s just a journey for her. She has been working really hard and her hard world is finally paying off and it’s just great to see how well she’s performing and to know that this is her first-ever senior team and to see how well she ran the anchor leg, it’s a wonderful feeling and I can’t wait to see what more is in store for her. I run on a 4×4 with my friend and we got a medal together, we’re grateful.”

Another athlete who was over the moon was Russell, whose exploits in the 400m hurdles final (personal-best 53.08 seconds in an event ran in a World Record 51.46 seconds by American Sydney McLaughlin) deserves much more.

“I’m really happy, but as I said before that fourth place is really a medal because I really wanted to get a personal best and I got that and today I was just running with guts. My emotions are overwhelming as I wanted to keep the medal position and I’m happy that I’m going home with a medal…an Olympic bronze medallist,” Russell noted.

And first-time Olympian McGregor was happy to have given the team the spark it needed.

“I’m a part of history, my first Olympic medal and we did it as a team, so I’m really grateful to be a part of this moment, a season’s best, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” she said.

“I’m extremely happy with the start knowing that I have to give them a good start leg and I did just that and I’m really comfortable that my team was able to tag along to the best of their ability.”

For McLeod this might have been the reality of an Olympic medal, but in her mind’s eye, she had already claimed “gold medals” with her personal best times during the semis and final of the 400m.

“This is definitely not my first medal,” she claimed without batting an eyelid. “I won two gold medals (two personal best times she produced during the 400m), so yes, correction, I have two gold medals and a bronze medal.

“Honestly, this is one of the races that I was not nervous about, but I know I am kind of inexperienced with the 4×4, nevertheless I wanted to come out and contribute to the team and that is what I did.”

And when quizzed about the pressure of anchoring this team to a medal in such a challenging position, she responded: “Oh no, I was not in a pressured position because whatever I had to do, I went out there and did it!

“If it is that this wasn’t the result definitely what I would have done would have been my best so it wasn’t a pressured position I just did my best.”

Meanwhile, the men’s 4x400m team of Demish Gaye, Christopher Taylor, Jaheel Hyde and Nathon Allen could fare no better than sixth despite a season’s best 2:28.76 minutes.

The race was won by the US in a season’s best 2:55.70 minutes ahead of The Netherlands in National Record 2:57.18 minutes, with Botswana third in an Area Record 2:27.27 minutes.

Belgium finished fourth in a National Record of 2:57.88 minutes and Poland fifth in a season’s best 2:58.46 minutes.

Italy was seventh in a National Record 2:58.81 minutes and Trinidad and Tobago eighth in 3:00.85 minutes.

The consensus coming from the quartet is that they were well below their best through various reasons, but they are optimistic that with time and full fitness, they will be a force to be reckoned with come Paris 2024.

“I’m extremely happy with the start knowing that I have to give them a good start leg and I did just that and I’m really comfortable that my team was able to tag along to the best of their ability,” said McGregor. Who gave her team a solid start.

“I’m a part of history, my first Olympic medal and we did it as a team, so I’m really grateful to be a part of this moment, a season’s best, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” she said.

That the US won was not surprising as they boasted the best field by a country mile. They were led off by the Olympic Games 400m hurdles gold medallist in world record fashion, Sydney McLaughlin in 51.46secs, with the second leg runners being the most decorated female track athletes in US history, Allyson Felix. The third leg runner was Dalilah Muhammad who was a close second in the 400m hurdles final in 51.58secs and the anchor leg runners was none other than Athing Mu the 800m gold medallist in a National record 1.55.21 minutes.

In the final event of the night, the men’s team of Danish Gaye, Christopher Taylor, Jaheel Hyde and Nathon Allen finished outside the medal places in the sixth position in 2:58/76 minutes.

Again, the US proved too strong to win in 2:55.70, with The Netherlands second in a National record of 2:57.18 minutes, and the third was Botswana in an Area record of 2:57.27 minutes.

The next Olympic Games are slated for Paris in three years’ time and Jamaica will be looking to continue piling on the medals.

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Entertainment

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Business News

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September 8, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its “original mission” as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the “ rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation.” The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world’s factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor.

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